McManis Philosophy Lecture Series

McManis Philosophy Lecture Series

The McManis Lectures are sponsored on a yearly rotation by the departments of Philosophy, History, and Biblical & Theological Studies. Every third year, the Philosophy Department hosts national and international scholars for one or more lectures on a philosophic topic or issue. These lectures provide students and community members with the opportunity to interact with the very highest level of scholarship in the field of professional philosophy.

2019-2020 Lectures:

Transformative Religious Experience and Empathy for Future Selves
October 24, 2019

Dr. L.A. Paul, Professor of Philosophy and Cognitive Science, Yale University

An Optimistic Pessimism
March 4, 2020

Dr. Hud Hudson, Professor of Philosophy, Western Washington University


2016-2017 Lecture:

The Strange Uses of Political Religion
March 13, 2017

Dr. Charles Taylor, Professor Emeritus of Philosophy, McGill University

Listen to Dr. Taylor's lecture


2013-2014 Lecture:

Ibn Rushd/Averroes and Aquinas on Ultimate Human Happiness
November 12, 2013

Dr. Richard Taylor, Professor of Philosophy, Marquette University

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2010-2011 Lectures:

Aquinas on Human Personhood and Death
April 12, 2011

Dr. Jeffrey Brower, Associate Professor of Philosophy, Purdue University

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Anselm on Free Will
March 22, 2011

Dr. Katherin Rogers, Professor of Philosophy, University of Delaware

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Medieval Philosophy and the Foundations of Christian Intellectualism: How Augustine Made It Safe for Smart People To Be Christians
December 10, 2010

Dr. Scott MacDonald, Professor of Philosophy & Christian Studies, Cornell University

Listen to Dr. MacDonald's lecture